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Targeting Trouble Spots in Neighborhood Nuisances

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Many neighborhoods have a business, a home, a night club, or an apartment building where bad things continue to happen. 

It can affect the quality of life for the entire neighborhood.  Cincinnati police say there is a new emphasis on the place instead of just the people the place attracts.

Roselawn residents complained about the One Stop Market on Reading Road before the shooting inside two weeks ago.  Police working with a city lawyer are on top of it.
Assistant city solicitor, Mark Manning's, office is in police headquarters where he works connecting investigations of places to the law that allows them to be declared a nuisance.

"You might put one bad person in jail, another bad person comes back to the same street same building and the community never sees relief."

Manning worked with police to shut down a barber shop on Vine Street where guns and drugs were being sold.  And the Diamond Palace downtown with its police runs for people with guns, assaults, and shots fired.

Before the Sycamore Hotel in Roselawn was shut down last year there were more than 2,100 runs in six months to the hotel for everything from shots fired to assaults and robberies. 

The next six months after it was shut down?  104 runs, mostly cops on patrol calling in.

It's about a quality of life.

"The nuisance law sends message to property owners and landlords, they are responsible for what happens and there are consequences."

Consequences: A business is not always closed, sometimes it just has to change.

"If you have a vacant building that's not good either it's a last resort."

Manning already has cases pending in Oakley, Mount Washington and Avondale, and it's still just January.

Besides Oakley, Mount Washington and Avondale, there are also nuisance investigations going on in Walnut Hills, Madisonville, and East Price Hill.




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